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Security beefed up ahead of Modi's Kashmir visit
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Security has been beefed up across Kashmir ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Srinagar tomorrow to celebrate Diwali festival with the flood victims. Police and paramilitary forces have set up barricades at many places in the Srinagar and its outskirts to prevent any untoward incident. The security has also been intensified major towns of Kashmir valley carrying out searches of vehicles and identity of the pedestr...
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ECI likely to announce J&K polls schedule on Oct 28
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Satisfied that conditions were conducive to hold Assembly elections in Jammu & Kashmir the Election Commission of India (ECI) is likely to announce the poll dates on October 28 next week. Election dates to the Jharkhand Assembly could also be announced simultaneously. “Top officials of the government including administrative secretaries of the key department were summoned to Secretariat here Wednesday to clear the pending file...
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PM to meet delegations
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet a few delegations at Raj Bhavan during his few hours stay here on Thursday before leaving for Delhi in the evening. Reliable sources informed that the Prime Minister is scheduled to arrive here at around 1.00 PM and will be leaving back at around 5.30 PM. A top police officer revealed that tight security arrangements are in place and the delegations comprising of flood affecte...
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Rajendra reviews PM’s security arrangements
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: A high level meeting was held at Police Headquarters (PHQ) here this afternoon to review the security arrangements ahead of Prime Minister’s visit to Valley. The meeting was chaired by Director General of Police (DGP), K Rajendra Kumar, besides senior officers from police, civil, intelligence and central police paramilitary forces were also present in the meeting. During the meeting all security arrangements of Prime Minister...
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Modi’s visit evokes mixed response from mainstream parties
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: With Prime minister Narendra Modi visiting Kashmir on Diwali and spend time with flood-hit people, mixed responses from valley’s political camp are coming over the visit. Opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti remarked that all eyes are set on the state government over its measures so as to seek maximum benefit out of PM’s visit for the flood hit Kashmir. Mehbooba said that this also needs to be se...
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Tosa Maidan to be developed as tourist spot: Omar
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Welcoming the complete clearance of Range Area from dangerous materials in Tosa Maidan by the Army, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday said that the demand of public in this regard has been fulfilled and the area could be developed as one of the choosiest tourist resort in the state. He said the focus will be concentrated on developing Tosa Maidan for tourism related activities to generate employment opportunities, trade a...
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Let us dedicate Diwali to victims: CM
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah in his Diwali message has urged people to celebrate Diwali with simplicity and keep in mind the plight of sufferers of devastating flood and miseries of border shelling affected families. The chief minister called for dedicating this year’s Diwali to the flood sufferers and the sufferers of border shelling population. He asked the people to contribute greatly for the rehabilitation and welfare of...
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Xiaomi phones sending data to China, not secure: IAF
NEW DELHI, Oct 22 (Agencies): The Chinese smartphones might have taken the Indian smartphone market by storm but it now appears that Xiaomi phones are not safe as they send data such as carrier name, phone number, IMEI and numbers from the phone to Beijing. As per reports in leading dailies, the Indian Air Force has reportedly warned against using Xiaomi devices as it sends information and data of the user and the phone's contain to an agency w...
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Omar thanks Salman for 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' nomination
JAMMU, Oct 24(Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today thanked Bollywood superstar Salman Khan for nominating him to the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month. “Thanks for the nomination @BeingSalmanKhan. Watch this space for my contribution and the names of the 9 (persons) I will have to nominate,” Omar wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter. Besides nominating all his Faceboo...
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Cong minister drops bombshell
Says ‘non-serious’ approach led to drowning of Srinagar
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Cracks within Jammu and Kashmir unit of Congress are widening with senior leader and Health minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din Wednesday alleging that Flood Control minister Sham Lal Sharma has little knowledge about the functioning of the Department and due to ‘non-serious’ approach Srinagar city was drowned. Taj Mohi-ud-din who has headed the Flood Control ministry in the past, accused present PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control ministe...
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Kashmir floods leave people shattered, miserable-III
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Devastating floods left thousands of people across the city traumatised. For most of the people it is still not easy to accept that flood waters have ruined their lives and left them helpless. Today there are thousands of families which have been rendered homeless due to the mayhem wrecked by floods. Losing the shelter has left the lives of scores of families shattered. The smashed houses across the worst flood hit localities ...
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Drabu calls on RBI governor, demands debt-relief package for flood-hit J&K
SRINAGAR, Oct 21: Noted economist and senior PDP leader, Dr Haseeb Drabu called on RBI Governor, Dr Raghuram Rajan in Mumbai last evening to discuss various possibilities of providing debt relief to trade, business, agriculture and horticulture sectors in flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir. Reports said Dr Drabu presented a five-point debt relief package to the RBI Governor, which includes, classifying all commercial bank lending in J&K, especially in...
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Kashmir floods leave people shattered, miserable-II
SRINAGAR, Oct 21: When flood waters receded from the Batamaloo area of Srinagar, 6-year-old Iflan was eager to visit his home so that he could take out his toys and school bag. However, little did he know that his home including the entire household belongings had turned into mud. Iflan’s parents are still in a shock. Their house was reduced to rubble moments after they were rescued. “There is nothing left over here. We could not get a chance...
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Minor reshuffle in Adm
JAMMU, Oct 21: The state government has today ordered minor reshuffle in the middle rung of state administration. Showkat Ahmed Zargar, KAS, Director, Horticulture, Planning and Marketing, J&K has been transferred and posted as Director, Industries and Commerce, Jammu, vice Dr. Abdul Rashid. Rajinder Krishan Varma, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Department of Tourism and Culture has been transferred and posted as Director, Tourism, ...
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Secy Cooperative reviews functioning of deptt
JAMMU, Oct 20: Secretary, Cooperative Department, R K Koul evaluated the performance of the RFD (Result Framework Document) for Jammu division for 2014-15, at Jammu today. The Secretary reviewed the sectoral achievements pertaining to the RFD for the year 2014-15 up to ending September, 2014 of both the wings viz Audit and Supervision of Jammu division. The Secretary asked the audit wing Jammu to speed up audit of the societies of Jammu Diviso...
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Rather-Lone inaugurate Model Govt Degree College at Chrar-i-Sharief
CHRAR-I-SHARIEF, Oct 20: The Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul Rahim Rather in presence of the Minister for Higher education, Mohd Akber Lone inaugurated Rs 90 cr Government Model Degree College at Chrar-i-Sharief. The college spreading on sprawling 105 kanals of land is one among 4 model Degree colleges being set up in the State to provide modern higher education facilities to the students at their door steps. Addressing a mam...
> Delegation led by Zahid Ali meets Governor
> Drug & Food Control squad destroys, confiscates flood hit essential commodities
> CA&PD books 14 shopkeepers
> Necessary mechanism put in place for rehabilitation of flood affectees: Sagar
> Sakina reviews functioning, implementation of ICDS, SW schemes
Modi's Diwali cracker
Prime minister Narendra Modi's latest announcement to celebrate Diwali with the flood victims of Kashmir sounds bizarre, to say the least. Diwali has never been a popular festival in Kashmir. Majority population of Kashmir celebrates Eid and even for the microscopic minority of Kashmiri Pandits, the main festival is Shivaratri. Diwali is a major festival only for the huge mass of central security forces and armed forces stationed in the Valley. ...
> Flood prevention plan
> Hype over MOM success
> Deep-rooted corruption
> Misplaced priorities
> Govt’s anti-poor policies
Open up Kashmir
By M. Ashraf
There have been many complaints from non-resident Kashmiris from all over the world that the Government of India is not allowing a host of International Agencies coming forward to render assistance to the flood affected Kashmiris. In fact, some of the local leaders have also pleaded with the Government that international aid should be allowed in this hour of need. There is no doubt there are many international agencies which have the wherewithal...
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Wake up call for Congress
By Humra Quraishi
I keep asking myself - where is the Congress party and its men and women? Where is their hold on the masses? Where is their sway? Where is their presence? Where are those vital signs of their existence? Where are those basic traces that they'd once - upon - a-time ruled the masses? Where are their survival tactics? Where is their determination to take on the Right-Wing which is spreading its wings as never before? Where is th...
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AFSPA and other patterns of impunity
Dear Editor, The Armed Forces Special Powers Act gives unlimited powers to the army to search, apprehend, destroy property and shoot to kill on suspicion. This means that the soldiers enjoy a form of immunity from legal action for acts done, till some sanction of authorities is obtained. Why should there be a need for the complainant to seek any sanction to start proceedings against someone he sees as a criminal? So, this provision must go. Bu...
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Outside support to BJP in Maharashtra best alternative: Pawar
MUMBAI, Oct 20 (Agencies): A day after NCP extended unsolicited "outside support" to BJP in government formation in Maharashtra, party president Sharad Pawar today said it was the "best alternative" to usher in a "stable" dispensation. "Offering outside support to BJP was the best among alternatives before us. We have to ensure a stable government comes in Maharashtra," Pawar said addressing newly elected MLAs after nephew and former Deputy Chi...
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MQM to pull out of PPP-led Sindh Govt in Pakistan
KARACHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) tonight announced its decision to pull out of the Pakistan Peoples Party-led Sindh government, a day after Bilawal Bhutto Zardari attacked the ally party in his first public rally. "After what has happened in the last few days and the way insults have been hurled at the MQM and urdu speaking people there is no justification for continuing our cooperation with the PPP in the Sindh govern...
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JKP cop accompany Indian team as coach in Asian Games
JAMMU, Oct 20: J&K Police cop Kuldeep Handoo accompanied the Indian team coach for the 17thAsian Games at Incheon Korea from September 18 to October5. Indian bagged 2 bronze medals in the Wushu event. Y.Sanathoi Devi and Narender Grewal bagged Bronze Medals in Sanshou event. Prior to participation of Indian Wushu team in the Asian Games the National Coaching camp was held at SAI Bhopal from April 5 to September 15. It is second consecutive...
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FTAs not hurting domestic manufacturing: Commerce ministry
NEW DELHI, Oct 20 (Agencies): Brushing aside concerns of Indian industry over free trade agreements (FTAs), senior commerce ministry officials today said it has not led to any spurt in imports or export of raw materials. A Commerce Ministry's study and analysis on impact of FTAs have found that "the imports have not increased to any level that would create concerns and we have not become suppliers of raw materials. This is good part," the offic...
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